Book Review: Summer With My Sister By Lucy Diamond


New beginnings and an old flame. Summer just got hotter…

Polly has always been the high-flier of the family, with the glamorous city lifestyle to match.

Clare is a single mum with two children, struggling to make ends meet in a ramshackle cottage. The two sisters are poles apart and barely on speaking terms.

But then Polly’s fortunes change unexpectedly and her world comes crashing down. Left penniless and with nowhere else to go, she’s forced back to the village where she and Clare grew up, and the sisters find themselves living together for the first time in years. With an old flame reappearing for Polly, a blossoming new career for Clare and a long-buried family secret in the mix, sparks are sure to fly. Unless the two women have more in common than they first thought?


Another great read by Lucy Diamond, an author that I have come to highly admire recently!

This one dealt directly with two sisters, Polly and Clare, both of whom are estranged when the book begins. Through various circumstances, such as Polly’s relocation and career change, along with Clare’s stroke of luck and dealings with her ex-husband, the two become close once again, giving us all hope for our own family relationships.

Polly and Clare are very different characters at the start of this novel however I wasn’t particularly loving their personalities until the end when they develop into a nice middle. Polly was always over the top stressful as her life revolved around work and then she loses her job and realises she gave her life to a company that just see her as a number. As for Clare, she’s a bit stuck up with the whole ‘poor me’ attitude instead of seeing what she already has and should be more grateful, which her inner voice did realise at least.

I loved how Diamond wrote about the two sisters and their struggling relationship, making us believe in the difficulty that they faced as a result of their lives, which were vastly different in more ways than one.

I felt as though the plot was believable, especially in regards to the raw emotions expressed by both Polly and Clare. Such a great read that made me want to know more about what happens a few years down the road!

4/5 Stars


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